JazzFest

General Info

General Info

Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland is an educational festival with year-round programming that culminates in a three-day summer music festival that takes place at Playhouse Square, located at 1501 Euclid Ave. in Cleveland, Ohio. Nearly 500 artists perform indoors and outdoors playing jazz and other genres. Indoor concerts are ticketed and feature world-class musicians in Playhouse Square's historic theaters. All outdoor entertainment is free.

Founded in 1980 by Dr. Thom Horning and Reginald Buckner, Tri-C JazzFest stays true to its mission to:

  • Foster the history and nurture the future of jazz
  • Provide educational opportunities for students of all ages and in all walks of life
  • Bring world-class jazz to Cleveland

DownBeat Magazine describes the festival as offering "the type of diverse, top-tier talent typically found at a much larger festival, along with some adventurous programming that was spiced with compelling international flavors."

The Tri-C JazzFest educational component connects students of all ages with local and international jazz artists. The inclusion of students and teachers ensures the future of the art form in Northeast Ohio. Outreach programming provides free cultural access to Cleveland’s underserved population.

In addition to the indoor and outdoor music during the festival weekend, Tri-C JazzFest also offers a talk tent to get to know artists, shopping, beer garden, street performers and games, Kids Club and much more, as part of the free outdoor component. Learn more about our history here.

The 42nd annual festival, presented by KeyBank, will return Sept. 11 and 12 at Cain Park in Cleveland Heights.

This year’s two-day outdoor festival will feature a variety of national acts performing under the covered Evans Amphitheater. View the lineup here.

Passes, sold by day, range from $35-$100 and are available through ticketmaster.com or by calling 216-371-3000. Re-entry is permitted with festival wristband. Click here for more festival news.

Tri-C JazzFest partners with various Cleveland venues, including Playhouse Square, the Tri-C Metropolitan Campus, the Cleveland Museum of Art, BOP STOP at The Music Settlement and BLU Jazz+.

FAQs

Where is Cain Park located?
Cain Park is located at 14591 Superior Road in Cleveland Heights, OH. For directions and contact information, please visit the Cain Park website.

Can I buy tickets for an individual performance?
No, individual concert tickets will not be available this year. Passes, sold by day, are available through ticketmaster.com or by calling 216-371-3000. The Cain Park box office is closed on Sundays and Mondays. Reserved passes are tiered, available for $50, $65, $75 and $100. Lawn seating is $35.

What can I bring to the festival?
Ohio state law and local ordinance prohibit bringing your own alcoholic beverages to Cain Park. The concession area sells wine, beer, coffee, soft drinks and snacks. Items not permitted: bringing your own alcoholic beverages, glass items of any kind, pets (excluding service animals), cameras, recording devices of any type, candles (including incense or any type of burning insect repellant). You will be asked to return any unauthorized items to your vehicle or you can check them in at the Main Ticket Office and pick them up at the end of the festival. Cain Park and JazzFest assume no risk for these items.

If you've purchased lawn seats, you can bring lawn chairs, sand chairs or a blanket. Lawn chairs are not permitted on the front part of the lawn seating area. They are only permitted in the designated location halfway up the sloped lawn seating area. 

Are masks required?
Fully vaccinated fans are not required to wear masks, but masking is beneficial when social distancing is not possible. Masks are recommended for unvaccinated guests. Should circumstances change, our policies may be adjusted to align with updated state guidelines. The health and safety of all patrons, artists, staff and volunteers remains our top priority.

Will the festival be streamed?
For those still not comfortable being in crowds, parts of the festival will be streamed. Virtual viewers can enjoy a couple concerts, artist interviews, pre-recorded performances and more. The festival in its entirety will not be streamed. To experience the festival and all of its concerts, we recommend purchasing a pass starting at $35. Click here to purchase your pass.

How does the pass work? 
The festival pass gets you access to the festival for the entire day, including all five concerts each day. You will need to buy two passes if you'd like to attend both days of the festival. You are permitted to exit the festival and come back if you so choose. We will provide wristband upon entry that you will need to display for re-entry. 

Is there re-entry? 
Yes, you are permitted to leave the festival and come back. You will need to display your festival wristband or stamp which will be provided to you upon your first entry.

How can I receive updates about the festival? 
You can join us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. To sign up for year-round JazzFest newsletters join our email list here.

How can I volunteer at the festival?
All volunteer inquiries should be directed to Kendra Willis at 216-987-4214 or kendra.willis@tri-c.edu

Can I take pictures at the concerts?
Yes, pictures are permitted for select concerts (artist-pending). We ask that you do not use flash photography or get out of your seat to take a photo. Only certified media personnel are permitted to shoot photography from the aisles. 

What happens in the case of bad weather?
The festival will go on rain or shine.

Where do I park?
There are more than 900 free on-street parking spaces within easy walking distance of Cain Park. Safe, well-lit and patrolled on-street parking allows us to maintain our available greenspace for park land.

Also, the Cumberland Pool (1740 Cumberland) and Delisle Options Center (14780 Superior Road) parking lots are located within walking distance of Cain Park. Please be advised there are no guards on duty at these parking lots. Please be sure to observe parking signs to avoid ticketing.

The Cain Park Parking Shuttle Service will not be in operation during the 2021 season. Tri-C will have a shuttle running to and from City Hall on both days of the festival. Seating is very limited and we recommend you seek other parking options before trying to use the Tri-C shuttle. The shuttle will run one hour before doors open and one hour after the last performance. 

RIDESHARE TO CAIN PARK
If you want to use a service that matches drivers of private vehicles to those seeking local taxicab-like transportation, please use the following address for Cain Park: 1891 Lee Road. This corresponds to the Lee Road entrance to Cain Park.

Are kids permitted to attend?
All patrons, regardless of age (including babies in arms) must have a proper ticket. We do have a U.S. Bank Kids Club area open to the public for free on Sept. 11 from noon to 3 p.m. in the playground near the tennis courts.

Are pets allowed?
No, pets are not permitted inside the ticketed part of the festival.

Are there places to eat at the festival?
Yes, food and drinks are available at Cain Park Grill located on the Terrace, as well as food trucks behind the Strassman Insurance Services, Inc. Colonnade.

What hotels are near the festival?
Nearby hotels include Intercontinental, Holiday Inn, Courtyard by Marriott in University Circle, Glidden House and more.

Festival Map

JazzFest Map

Contact Information

Director
Terri Pontremoli
216-987-0241
terri.pontremoli@tri-c.edu

Associate Director/Project Manager & Community and Education Contact
Orlando Watson
216-987-4193
orlando.watson@tri-c.edu

Marketing and Publicity Contact
Madeline Shepherd
216-987-4616
madeline.shepherd@tri-c.edu

Volunteer Coordinator
Kendra Willis 
216-987-4214
kendra.willis@tri-c.edu